LIDODERM PATCHES AND MEDROL PACK

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MT Lady
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   Posted 12/24/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I injured myself on Tuesay morning, actually heard and felt something snap, like a rubber band, in my lower back and felt searing pain all the way down my right side with tingling in my right foot. The pain is almost unbearable. I've been living on Flexeril and Vicoprofen and at times, it barely touches the pain. I got in to see my Rheumy this morning, an "emergency" appt, and she thinks the sciatic nerve is being pinched which is causing the severe pain; also thinks it was a muscle that I pulled that started the whole thing. She gave me samples of Lidoderm patches and gave me a prescription for a Medrol dose pack. Just wondering if any of you have used either of these and if they do any good? I do remember taking a Medrol dose pack a few years ago and it did nothing for the pain. The doc said that just because it didn't help then doesn't mean it won't help now. I would just like to hear if anyone hear has had any success with either of these. Needless to say, I am pretty miserable. I just can't make the pain go away. cry
Happy Holidays to all
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


Sherrine
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   Posted 12/24/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Miriam, I've never used any of that but I know Marlee uses the Lidoderm patches.  She has said many times how much they help her.  She can't take many meds because of her stomach problems so she uses this instead.
 
I hope others come on and respond but I wanted to give you a little help.  Being Christmas Eve, there might not be too many people on the forums.  I know I would try the Lidoderm patches...especially if I was in that much pain.
 
I'll be praying really hard that this will help you.  How horrible.  It always seems to happen at holidays, doesn't it.  Feel better, Miriam and have a wonderful Christmas.
 
Sherrine 
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MT Lady
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   Posted 12/24/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Sherrine and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too. I understand about people being busy now. You know, when you are in pain, severe pain, at least me, I really have no patience at all. I want the pain to be gone NOW. I'm going to go lie down. Seems that's all I'm able to do, which is really getting me depressed. Some holiday, huh?

be well

Miriam


Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


Sherrine
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   Posted 12/24/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Let us know if the Lidoderm patch works for you, okay?  Feel better.
 
Sherrine
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7


aux433
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   Posted 12/24/2009 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi MT Lady

Lidoderm patches work very well. But do remember to use them only 12-14 hours at a time...then remove them.

The medrol dose pack will not directly relieve pain. Medrol dose pack will do an excellent job of healing the inflammation of the pulled muscle and/or pinched nerve. If swelling from the pulled muscle or pinched nerve is causing the pain, it will be relieved in 2-3 days with the dose pack. Do remember to take all the dose pack, don't stop if you feel better, take the entire pack.

Hope this info helps. Feel better and hope you can enjoy the holidays

Marlee2
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   Posted 12/24/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
My poor hands wouldn't know what to do without my lidoderm patches Miriam. The doc first rxd them when Ken broke many of my ribs 5 yrs ago. They don't work too well on deep pain, more for surface type pain.
 
That's not good to get hurt right before Christmas. I spent last Christmas Eve in ER for muscle spasms cause I hurt a rib getting blankets out from under a bed for the kids. My doc and I both kinda missed midnight mass.
 
Get better!!!
 
luv and hugs
Marlee
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Amitriptyline, Celexa, Xanax, Synthroid, Zyrtec, Micardis, Spironalactone, Tylenol, Reglan, Lidoderm Patches, Carafate and Prilosec
 
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 12/24/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I've used the med pack steriods before. I had them for my arthritis. The first time I took them it helped
very little, the second time it made me so sick I missed a week's worth of work. I couldn't even hold
a glass to drink out of or get out of bed until they wore off. It's a very strong reaction to it but it
does happen.
I can't do any kind of patch therapy as I'm allergic to the glue on them. It eats holes in my skin.

Shiffs
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   Posted 12/24/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I Love, Love, LOVE my Lidoderm patches!! I am on fentnal patches already so there isn't much else my doc wants to give me. I was having really bad RLS nights and these have been the most wonderful little things EVER! I don't have to take meds for my RLS because of those patches. You can only use them 12 hours at a time then you have to remove them or your body gets used to the Lidoderm and then you'll get no relief. I use them at night so I can go to sleep with my RLS.
Just try them for a week.. if you don't like them.. don't put anymore on. :0)

Hope this helps!
Love & Soft Hugs,
Stacy

Dx with: CFS '09...Fibro '02...Myofascial Pain '02... Gerd '03...Migraine Headaches...
Restless Leg Syndrome '08...IBS '99...Depression '99...
Early Menopause from Hysterectomy '00..removal of gallbladder '00 and appendix '08

Meds: Fentanyl Patch 75mg,Lidocaine Patch 5mg, Ropinirole 1mg, Zoloft 50mg, Aciphix 40mg, Darvoct as needed to help with RLS, Aleve & Tylenol as needed


MT Lady
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   Posted 12/24/2009 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Stacy...it really helps to hear of people that have used something. You know, my doctor specifically told me I could use them continuously, but I had to take the patch off after 12 hours and then just put on another one. What you are writing makes sense and I read it on a website, about only using it for 12 hours at a time.
Tell me, Stacy for restless leg syndrome, where do you put the patch? I mean, there isn't a specific point on your legs, is there? Just curious how the patch can help with RLS?
be well
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.


Shiffs
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   Posted 12/24/2009 11:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Miriam,
about using for the 12 on and 12 off.. I would check with your pharmacist and read the package information that comes with your patches. In my box (just checked) it actually says to not use them longer then 12 hours and to wait for as long as you used the patch for before putting on a new one. So say I used it for 4 hours, I would have to wait another 4 hours before using another. They say to use it this way so you do not get your body accustomed to the drug. This is a drug that will not work if you constantly use it. My doctor said no longer then 12.

On to the RLS.. my biggest issues with RLS is in my calf's. So I just slap them on my calf's when I know that I am going to have a bad night. My RLS (thank the lord) gives me signs that I am going to have a bad night with it. My calf's will tingle and feel really heavy. So I put the patches on and climb into bed, turn on the t.v. and watch an hour or so until the patches kickin and I am off and (not running) but moving slowly.. LOL On really bad RLS nights my arms are also affected.. so I will put a patch on the area that is buggin me the most. The wrist/hand area is usually the place. My hubby laughs when I have to do that hand one.. it looks really funny. But oh well! It gets me through the night!

If you have anymore questions about the patches.. just ask, I am more then happy to try and answer. These forums have answered so many things for me, I am just happy if I can help someone else once. :0)
Love & Soft Hugs,
Stacy

Dx with: CFS '09...Fibro '02... Chronic Myofascial Pain '02... Gerd '03...Migraine Headaches...
Restless Leg Syndrome '08...IBS '99...Depression '99...
Early Menopause from Hysterectomy '00..removal of gallbladder '00 and appendix '08

Meds: Fentanyl Patch 75mg, Lidocaine Patch 5mg, Wellbutrin, Zoloft 50mg, Aciphix 40mg, Syntest, Darvoct as needed to help with RLS, Aleve & Tylenol as needed, B-12/5000mg &
Folic Acid/400mg


MT Lady
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   Posted 12/25/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Stacy,
Thanks so much! Yes, I took a look at the package from the Lidoderm patches and yes, it does say what you said, 12 on, 12 off. In fact, it was written in the area of the doctor's notes, how they prescribe it, so maybe it was just me, another fibro "Moment"??? But I would have bet my life on what I thought she said, using them continuously. Again thanks for bringing it to my attention. I started the Medrol pack this morning, the steroid, so hopefully that will kick in soon. This nerve pain is really awful.
Well, Merry Xmas to you and your loved ones and again, I grateful for your help,
soft hugs
Miriam

Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.

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